During the last few years the approach to prevention of injury has focused more on the human factor, highlighting the important role that work-related stress, safety climate and safety culture play in preventing work accidents (Fogarty, 2004). The main aim of the present study was to test Fogarty’s (2004) proposition that the link between safety climate and errors is mediated by psychological health and that psychological stress has an important role as being among the immediate causes of accidents. For these reasons safety climate, safety performance and work-related stress were assessed in 98 metal and mechanical workers employed in two different companies in the north-east of Italy. The validated Integrated Organizational Safety Climate Questionnaire was used to assess three safety climate measures (Organizational, Supervisor and Co-worker). Each item on each measure has a 7-point scale that ranges from 1 = never to 7 = always. The Italian version of the HSE Management Standards Indicator Tool was used to asses work related stress. Each item has a 5-point scale that ranges from 1 = never to 5 = always. A Structural equation model showed that work related stress seemed to mediate the relationship between safety climate and safety performance. More data must to be collected to confirm the model. The results suggest the importance for management to monitor both safety climate and individual health variables to avoid accidents and errors.

Work-related stress mediate the relationship between safety climate and safety performance.

BRONDINO, MARGHERITA;Paolillo, Anna;PASINI, Margherita;LAZZARINI, Gianluigi;ROMEO, Luciano
2013

Abstract

During the last few years the approach to prevention of injury has focused more on the human factor, highlighting the important role that work-related stress, safety climate and safety culture play in preventing work accidents (Fogarty, 2004). The main aim of the present study was to test Fogarty’s (2004) proposition that the link between safety climate and errors is mediated by psychological health and that psychological stress has an important role as being among the immediate causes of accidents. For these reasons safety climate, safety performance and work-related stress were assessed in 98 metal and mechanical workers employed in two different companies in the north-east of Italy. The validated Integrated Organizational Safety Climate Questionnaire was used to assess three safety climate measures (Organizational, Supervisor and Co-worker). Each item on each measure has a 7-point scale that ranges from 1 = never to 7 = always. The Italian version of the HSE Management Standards Indicator Tool was used to asses work related stress. Each item has a 5-point scale that ranges from 1 = never to 5 = always. A Structural equation model showed that work related stress seemed to mediate the relationship between safety climate and safety performance. More data must to be collected to confirm the model. The results suggest the importance for management to monitor both safety climate and individual health variables to avoid accidents and errors.
rk-related stress; safety performance; safety climate
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